Accessible Dining Surfaces and Bars

Thursday, June 1, 2017

  2:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

The ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards apply to a wide range of spaces in the public and private sectors and specify which elements and spaces must be accessible. This session will review how to apply these criteria to dining surfaces and bars and provide guidance on some common errors in design. A representative from the Restaurant Association will provide an overview of the most common restaurant design issues, including product selection, installation details, furniture placement and best practice design tips.


Questions for presenters:

  • For a center post table with a base, whether a table is fixed or movable, is ANY thickness allowed for the base to overlap the required minimum 30"x48" clear floor space that extends underneath the table edge 17"? If so, what is the criteria to evaluate when it is too tall, too abrupt, or too deep into the clear floor space? If not allowed at all, is that view shared by the DOJ, particularly for movable tables? Clarity is needed across the industry.
  • Does the 30" minimum width of the knee/toe space at the accessible seating in a quick serve restaurant (QSR) trigger a requirement for the table to be a minimum of 30" wide? or does it affect only the knee/toe space? Many QSRs typically have tables that are only 24" wide (assuming cantilevered or otherwise fixed to provide the minimum depth below of 17").

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5